Dear IOA Members, Friends and Colleagues,
With the ever changing and quickly moving COVID-19 environment, I wanted to reach out to you and offer resources and guidance as we collectively navigate this unprecedented global pandemic. We realize that each of you is facing very challenging times, the likes of which we have not ever seen. Because of the advisories of health and government officials, we regret the annual IOA convention on April 17-19 has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued, and we ask your patience in the processing. The House of Delegates will meet by teleconference on April 16th only for essential action. We are currently exploring alternate CE later in the year. The most efficient way to communicate with me and IOA staff is through email.
In an effort to assist IOA members during this time of uncertainty, the IOA Board voted unanimously to waive IOA dues for two months. The dues waiver will take effect immediately and apply for the months of April and May. The AOA has also notified members of immediate dues relief, waiving all dues for two months for all members. For more information, please click here.
As you assess how to move forward in caring for your patients and operating your practice, please consider the following guidance and best practices from state and federal experts working on the front lines in addressing the pandemic. Ultimately, each OD must decide their own course of action over the coming weeks and months. We know that the health and safety of your patients, staff and family will be at the forefront of this decision. These considerations are not policy but suggestions to help you make personal, individual decisions in the best interests of your businesses and patients. I encourage you to develop both short and long term contingency business plans as no one can predict the length of this pandemic. If your business is economically impacted, there have been federal and state initiatives put in place to offset these financial burdens.
The AOA has sent daily communication to members and is working closely with our federal government and CDC to ensure members have access to small business loans as well as access to telemedicine billing for Medicare patients. They have created an informative website with resources specific to optometry. Please visit https://www.aoa.org/coronavirus
. There you will find current developments and practice tools for continued guidance. Also, you will find updates and resources on our website here
Please feel free to reach out to me personally by using the contact form on this website
. All Board members are available to help as well as the IOA office staff. I am thinking of all of you and your families in the upcoming weeks. The IOA and AOA will continue to communicate to members via email and website updates at www.ioa.org.
Greg Norman, OD
President, Indiana Optometric Association